It was the Democrats’ embrace of neoliberalism that won it for Trump | Naomi Klein

People have lost their sense of security, status and even identity. Trumps victory is the scream of an America desperate for radical change

They will blame James Comey and the FBI. They will blame voter suppression and racism. They will blame Bernie or bust and misogyny. They will blame third parties and independent nominees. They will blame the corporate media for dedicating him the platform, social media for being a bullhorn, and WikiLeaks for airing the laundry.

But this leaves out the force most responsible for creating the nightmare in which we now find ourselves wide awake: neoliberalism. That worldview fully represented by Hillary Clinton and her machine is no match for Trump-style extremism. The decision to run one against the other is what sealed our fate. If we learn nothing else, can we please learn from that mistake?

Here is what we need to understand: a hell of a lot of people are in pain. Under neoliberal policies of deregulation, privatisation, austerity and corporate trade, their living criteria have declined precipitously. They have lost jobs. They have lost pensions. They have lost much of the safety net that used to make these losses less frightening. They ensure a future for their children even worse than their precarious present.

At the same time, they have witnessed the rise of the Davos class, a hyper-connected network of banking and tech billionaires, elected leaders who are awfully cosy with those interests, and Hollywood celebrities who construct the whole thing seem unbearably glamorous. Success is a party to which they were not invited, and they know in their hearts that this rising wealth and power is somehow directly connected to their grow debts and powerlessness.

For the people who saw security and status as their birthright and that means white humen most of all these losses are unbearable.

Donald Trump speaks directly to that ache. The Brexit campaign spoke to that ache. So do all of the rising far-right parties in Europe. They answer it with nostalgic nationalism and indignation at remote economic bureaucracies whether Washington, the North American free trade agreement the World Trade Organisation or the EU. And of course, they answer it by bashing migrants and people of colour, vilifying Muslims, and degrading females. Elite neoliberalism has nothing to offer that pain, because neoliberalism unleashed the Davos class. People such as Hillary and Bill Clinton are the toast of the Davos party. In truth, they hurled the party.

Trumps message was: All is hell. Clinton answered: All is well. But its not well far from it.

Neo-fascist responses to rampant insecurity and inequality are not going to go away. But what we know from the 1930 s is that what it takes to do battle with fascism is a real left. A good chunk of Trumps support could be peeled away if there were a genuine redistributive agenda on the table. An agenda to take on the billionaire class with more than rhetoric, and use the money for a green new deal. Such a plan could create a tidal wave of well-paying unionised chores, bringing seriously needed resources and opportunities to communities of colour, and insist that polluters should pay for workers to be retrained and fully included in this future.

It could way public policies that fight institutionalised racism, economic inequality and climate change at the same time. It could take on bad trade bargains and police violence, and honour indigenous people as the original defenders of the land, water and air.

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People have a right to be angry, and a powerful, intersectional left agenda can direct that anger where it belongs, while fighting for holistic answers that will bring a frayed society together.

Such a coalition is possible. In Canada, we have begun to cobble it together under the banner of a people agenda called The Leap Manifesto, endorsed by more than 220 organisations from Greenpeace Canada to Black Lives Matter Toronto, and some of our largest trade unions.

Bernie Sanders astonishing campaign went a long way towards building this sort of alliance, and demonstrated that the craving for democratic socialism is out there. But early on, there was a failing in the campaign to connect with older black and Latino voters who are the demographic most abused by our current economic model. That failure prevented the campaign from reaching its full potential. Those mistakes can be corrected and a bold, transformative coalition is there to be built on.

That is the task ahead. The Democratic party needs to be either decisively wrested from pro-corporate neoliberals, or it needs to be abandoned. From Elizabeth Warren to Nina Turner, to the Occupy graduates who took the Bernie campaign supernova, there is a stronger field of coalition-inspiring progressive leaders out there than at any point in my lifetime. We are leaderful, as many in the Movement for Black Lives say.

So lets get out of shock as fast as we can and construct the kind of revolutionary motion that has a genuine answer to the dislike and dread represented by the Trumps of this world. Lets set aside whatever is keeping us apart and start right now.

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Four more journalists get felony charges after covering inauguration unrest

A documentary producer, a photojournalist, a live-streamer and a freelance reporter facing up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted

Four more journalists have been charged with misdemeanours after being arrested while encompassing the unrest around Donald Trumps inauguration, means that at least six media workers are facing up to 10 years in prison and a $25,000 fine if convicted.

Matt Hopard. Photo: Handout

A documentary producer, a photojournalist, a live-streamer and a freelance reporter were each charged with the most serious level of offense under Washington DCs law against rioting, after being caught up in the police action against demonstrators.

The Guardian learned of their arrests after reporting on Monday that the journalists Evan Engel of Vocativ and Alex Rubinstein of RT America had also been arrested and charged with felonies while covering the same unrest on Friday morning.

All six others were arraigned in superior court on Saturday and released to await farther hearings in February and March, according to court filings. The Committee to Protect Journalists( CPJ) told late on Tuesday that charges against journalists who were covering the protests should be dropped.

These charges are clearly inappropriate, and we are concerned that they could send a chilling message to journalists covering future protests, said Carlos Laura, the CPJs senior Americas program coordinator. We call on authorities in Washington to drop these charges immediately.

Jack Keller, a producer for the web documentary series Story of America, said he was charged and detained for about 36 hours after being kettled by police at 12 th and L streets on Friday morning and arrested despite telling officers that he was encompassing the demoes as a journalist.

The way we were treated was an absolute travesty, said Keller, whose cellphone has been kept by the authorities. Kellers editor, Annabel Park, told: It is a maddening and frustrating situation. These are people who were there observe and documenting.

Matt Hopard, an independent journalist who was live-streaming the Friday protests, was arrested at the same site as Keller, Engel and Rubinstein, according to metropolitan police records. He said in a message that he denied the charge against him.

Journalist records inauguration protest moments before arrest

Also apprehended while encompassing the demoes at 12 th and L streets and later charged were Shay Horse, an independent photojournalist and activist, and Aaron Cant, a freelance journalist and activist, who has written for outlets including the Baffler, the Washington Spectator and the New Inquiry. Both deny wrongdoing.

In all, more than 200 people were arrested on Friday, after property was vandalized in the US capital in the hours around Trumps swearing-in as chairperson. Police said that six officers suffered minor injuries.

The National Lawyers Guild accused Washington DCs metropolitan police department of having indiscriminately targeted people for arrest en masse based on locating alone and said they unlawfully used teargas and other weapons.

These illegal acts are clearly designed to chill the speech of protesters engaging in First Amendment activity, Maggie Ellinger-Locke, of the guilds DC branch, said in a statement.

None of the arrest reports for the six journalists makes any specific accusations about what any of them are supposed to have done wrong. Kellers report, which also covers the arrests of an unknown number of unidentified other people, includes a note that a police vehicle was vandalized. I had absolutely nothing to do with the vandalism, told Keller.

Shay Horse. Photograph: Handout

Reports on the arrests of five of the six journalists contain identical language alleging that numerous crimes were occurring in police presence. They state that windows were violated, flames were lit and vehicles were damaged. The crowd was observed tempting a riot by organizing, promoting, fostering and participating in acts of violence in furtherance of the riot, the police reports said.

The US lawyers office for Washington DC, which is prosecuting those arrested, declined to comment on the journalists particular case but said it was continuing to review evidence from the day with the police.

Based on the facts and circumstances, we determined that probable cause existed to support the filing of felony rioting charges, William Miller, a spokesman for the office, said in a statement. As in all of our examples, we are always willing to consider additional information that people bring forward.

Preliminary hearings for Cant, Hopard, Horse, and Keller were defined for mid-March. Hearings for Engel and Rubinstein were scheduled for mid-February.

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This is the most dangerous time for our planet | Stephen Hawking

We cant go on ignoring inequality, because we have the means to destroy our world but not to escape it

As a theoretical physicist are stationed in Cambridge, I have lived my life in an extraordinarily privileged bubble. Cambridge is an unusual town, centred around one of the worlds great universities. Within that town, the scientific community that I became part of in my 20 s is even more rarefied.

And within that scientific community, the smaller group of international theoretical physicists with whom I have spent my working life might sometimes be seduced to regard themselves as the spire. In addition to this, with the celebrity that has come with my volumes, and the isolation imposed by my illness, I feel as though my ivory tower is get taller.

So the recent apparent rejection of the elites in both America and Britain is surely is targeted at me, as much as anyone. Whatever we might think about the decision by the British electorate to reject membership of the European union and by the American public to embracing Donald Trump as their next chairman, there is no doubt in the minds of commentators that this was a sob of indignation by people who felt they had been abandoned by their leaders.

It was, everyone seems to agree, the moment when the forgotten speak, procuring their voices to reject the advice and guidance of experts and the elite everywhere.

I am no exception to this rule. I warned before the Brexit vote that it would damage scientific research in Britain, that a election to leave would be a step backward, and the electorate or at least a sufficiently significant proportion of it took no more notice of me than any of the other political leaders, trade unionists, artists, scientists, businessmen and celebrities who all gave the same unheeded advice to the rest of the country.

What matters now, far more than the choices made by these two electorates, is how the elites react. Should we, in turn, reject these referendums as outpourings of crude populism that fail to be given to the fact, and attempt to circumvent or circumscribe the choices that they represent? I would argue that this would be a terrible mistake.

The concerns underlying these referendums about the economic consequences of globalisation and accelerating technological change are utterly understandable. The automation of mills has already decimated employment opportunities in traditional manufacturing, and the rise of artificial intelligence is likely to extend this job demolition deep into the middle classes, with only the most caring, creative or supervisory roles remaining.

This in turn will accelerate the already widening economic inequality around the world. The internet and the platforms that it makes possible allow very small groups of individuals to make enormous earnings while hiring very few people. This is inevitable, it is progress, but it is also socially destructive.

We need to put this alongside the financial crash, which brought home to people that a very few someones working in the financial sector can accrue huge rewards and that the rest of us underwrite that success and pick up the bill when their avarice leads us astray. So taken together “were living in” a world of widening , not diminishing, financial inequality, in which many people can see not just their the living standards, but their ability to earn a living at all, disappearing. It is no wonder then that they are searching for a new deal, which Trump and Brexit might have appeared to represent.

In sub-Saharan Africa there are more people with a telephone than access to clean water. Photo: Andy Hall for the Observer

It is also the example that another unintended outcome of the global spread of the internet and social media is that the stark nature of these inequalities is far more apparent than it has been in the past. For me, the ability to use technology to communicate has been a liberating and positive experience. Without it, I would not have been able to continue working these many years past.

But it also means that the lives of the richest people in the most prosperous parts of the world are agonisingly visible to anyone, however poor, who has access to a phone. And since there are now more people with a telephone than access to clean water in sub-Saharan Africa, this will shortly entails nearly everyone on our increasingly mobbed planet will be unable to escape the inequality.

The consequences of this are plain to see: the rural poor flock to cities, to shanty towns, driven by hope. And then often, detecting that the Instagram nirvana was not possible there, they seek it overseas, joining the ever greater numbers of economic migrants in search of a better life. These migrants in turn place new demands on the infrastructures and economies of the countries in which they arrive, undermining tolerance and further fuelling political populism.

For me, the really concerning facet of this is that now, more than at any time in our history, our species needs to work together. We face awesome environmental challenges: climate change, food production, overpopulation, the decimation of other species, epidemic illnes, acidification of the oceans.

Together, they are a reminder that we are at the most dangerous moment in the development of humanity. We now have the technology to destroy countries around the world on which we live, but have not yet developed the ability to escape it. Perhaps in a few hundred years, we will have established human colonies amid the stars, but right now we only have one planet, and we need to work together to protect it.

To do that, we need to break down , not build up, roadblocks within and between nations. If we are to stand a chance of doing that, the worlds leaders need to acknowledge that they have failed and are failing the many. With resources increasingly concentrated in the hands of a few, we are going to have to learn to share far more than at present.

With not only chores but entire industries disappearing, we must help people to retrain for a new world and support them financially while they do so. If communities and economies cannot cope with current levels of migration, we must do more to promote global growth, as that is the only way that the migratory millions will be persuaded to seek their own future at home.

We can do this, I am an enormous optimist for my species; but it will require the elites, from London to Harvard, from Cambridge to Hollywood, to learn the lessons of the past year. To learn above all a measure of humility.

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Trump’s state visit to Britain put on hold

US president told Theresa May he did not want trip to go ahead if there were large-scale public protests

Donald Trump has told Theresa May in a phone call he does not want to go ahead with a state visit to Britain until the British public supports him coming.

The US president said he did not want to come if there were large-scale protests and his remarks in effect put the visit on hold for some time.

The call was induced in recent weeks, according to a Downing Street adviser who was in the room. The statement astonished May, according to those present.

The conversation in part explains why there has been little public discussion about a visit.

May invited Trump to Britain seven days after his inauguration when she became the first foreign leader to visit him in the White House. She told a joint press conference she had extended an invitation from the Queen to Trump and his wife Melania to make a nation visit afterward in the year and was delighted that the president has accepted that invitation.

Many senior envoys, including Lord Ricketts, the former national security consultant, said the invitation was premature, but impossible to rescind once made.

Trump has named Woody Johnson, a Republican donor and proprietor of the New York Jets, as the new diplomat to the UK but has yet to nominate him formally. A large groups of US ambassadorial postures remain unfilled worldwide largely due to the Trump team failing to make any formal nominations.

The acting US ambassador to the UK, Lewis Lukens, a career envoy, clashed with Trump last week by praising Sadiq Khan, the London mayor, for his strong leadership over the London Bridge and Borough Market terror attack.

His statements came just days after Trump criticised Khan for his response to the attack, misquoting the mayors message to Londoners not to be alarmed by the increased presence of armed police.

Khans office pointed out Trumps error afterward but the president responded by accusing Londons mayor of making a pathetic excuse. Khan then called on the UK government to cancel Trumps invitation. No date had been fixed for the visit.

The Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, said on Twitter that Trumps decision was welcome, especially after his attack on Londons mayor& withdrawal from #ParisClimateDeal.

A Downing Street spokeswoman said it would not comment. We arent going to comment on supposition about the contents of private phone conversations. The Queen extended an invitation to President Trump to visit the UK and there is no change to those schemes.

The White House said in statement: The President has tremendous respect for Prime Minister May. That subject never came up on the call.

Jenna Johnson, a Washington Post reporter tweeted to say that the White House press secretary had told her the Protector report was false but added that the White House wont said today Trump plans to go to the UK.

Later, The New York Times, quoting two unnamed administration officials, reported that Trump was considering scrapping or postponing the trip. The officers stressed that he might yet warm to the idea but that maintaining it off the schedule was the best approach.

The UKs traditional effort to act as a bridge between the US and Europe has become more complex since the vote last year to leave the European Union and Trumps support for policies that have angered European allies.

The Foreign Office was disappointed when against its pleading Trump went ahead earlier this month with his plan to pull the US out of the Paris climate accord. The UK had lobbied hard for Trump not to take government decisions, which has led to a wider breach between the EU and the US.

Trump had been an advocate of Brexit, and at one point seemed to want the EU to break up, but confidence has since returned to the bloc with pro-European Emmanuel Macrons victory over far-right Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election.

Additional reporting by Ben Jacobs .

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Japan fears the once distant threat of North Korean missiles is becoming real | Justin McCurry

As the Kim v Trump war of words intensifies, towns across Japan are preparing for what, until recently, felt like a faraway nuisance

As sirens pierce the air in Sakata, a town on Japans north-west coast, primary school children rush from the playground to the safety of the gymnasium. Other residents crouch behind walls or lie down in rice fields, while the public address system urges them to take cover.

More accustomed to the dangers of earthquakes and tsunami, Japans people are now having to address a new, manmade threat: Northern korean missiles.

In a civil defence drive that has echoes of preparations for US bombing raids during the second world war, Sakata and dozens of other towns across Japan are preparing themselves for what, until recently, represented a remote nuisance that most Japanese considered with insouciance.

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North Korea has carried out five nuclear tests since 2006, so it unquestionably has the capacity to create some form of nuclear bomb.

To function effectively, however, the bomb needs to be small enough to fit on to a missile. Some experts believe the North has already “miniaturised” its nuclear capability, while others believe the regime is still several years away from being able to do so. Japan’s defence ministry alerted on 8 August that it was possible that Pyongyang had mastered miniaturisation.

North Korea would also need a dependable delivery system for any bomb. Its proved short- and medium-range weapons could reach South Korea and Japan. In July it test-launched two intercontinental ballistic missile, placing US cities in range of potential assault, according to US experts.

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But at the end of a week that featured warns from Donald Trump to counter Northern korean provocations with fire and frenzy and Pyongyangs detailed plans to create an enveloping fire around the US Pacific territory of Guam Japan has reason to be concerned.

All 14 of the missiles North Korea has launched this year were aimed towards Japans coast, including two intercontinental ballistic missile tested last month. Few here have forgotten that in 1998, a North Korean long-range weapon overflew Japanese province before splashing into the Pacific.

A missile fired immediately at Japan would give people less than 10 minutes to attempt shelter, according to experts.

Pyongyang told four Hwasong-1 2 intermediate-range ballistic missiles would pass over three Japanese prefectures, including Hiroshima, on their way to targets 30 -4 0km off Guam.

In response, Japans defense pastor, Itsunori Onodera, has warned that Japan is within its constitutional rights to shoot down the missiles since, by his reckoning, they represented a threat to Japans existence as a nation.

In an unusual move that will not have escaped Pyongyangs attention, Japans defense ministry on Saturday ordered the deployment of missile defense systems in four regions along the missiles probable flight path.

To emphasise the sense of readiness, local media carried photographs of PAC-3 interceptor batteries being positioned in the grounds of the defence ministry in central Tokyo.

Onodera quotes controversial legislation enacted last year that devotes Japan, under certain conditions, the right to exert collective self-defence or come to the military aid of an ally under assault most likely the US.

Some experts, and Japanese opposition MPs, claim the unveiling of missile-defence hardware is purely symbolic, given the myriad technological challenges posed by intercepting a missile flying at high altitudes in the direction of a territory more than 1,500 miles away.

If the four planned weapon launches pass across Shimane[ a prefecture in western Japan] and Okinawa, its hard to see Japan having the capability with its existing facilities to intercept the missiles, told John Nilsson-Wright, senior research fellow for north-east Asia at Chatham House. I would be surprised if Japan is ready or equipped independently to do this.

The brinkmanship between North Korea and the US escalated after Japans defence ministry said in a white paper published last week that North Koreas nuclear weapon had reached a new stage, adding that it was possible the regime had acquired the ability to miniaturise nuclear weapons. Hours afterwards, US media reported that officials in Washington had reached the same conclusion.

Japans conservative “ministers “, Shinzo Abe, the first foreign leader to meet Trump after his November election victory, has refrained from joining countries such as Germany, China and Russia in criticising the USs intemperate statements.

In one sense, heightened tensions between Pyongyang and Washington are strengthening Abes case for a more robust military, although his plans to rewrite the countrys pacifist constitution have been all but sunk by a spate of scandals.

Jeff Kingston, director of Asian studies at Temple University in Tokyo, told: In the spirit of not wasting a crisis, Team Abe is making a example for beefing up Japans abilities at a time when the public has been exposed to an unending escalation of rhetorical jousting between Trump and Kim.

Kingston believes the war of words resounds ominously in Japan, which has just celebrated the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 72 years ago.

While Americans mull, with growing malaise, the working day when experts confirm North Koreas ability to send a nuclear warhead across the Pacific and back into the atmosphere in the direction of a US city, Japanese citizens, and locally based US forces-out, know that they are already theoretically within the regimes nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

The announced flight path of the missiles targeting Guam, even naming specific prefectures( counties) in Japan over which they will pass has raised the national blood pressure, Kingston said.

During visits to Hiroshima and Nagasaki last week, Abe repeated Japans support for a global prohibit on nuclear weapons, even as it boycotted a UN conference discussing precisely that.

But sabre-rattling by North Korea, be included with concern over Chinese military activity in the East and South China oceans, has sparked a fledgling debate on a longstanding political taboo an independent Japanese nuclear deterrent.

Half a year ago, I would have said not a chance, told Nilsson-Wright. The nuclear allergy has simply been too strong to allow Japan to seriously consider opening the door to nuclear armament.

But, he added, weakened confidence in the USs ability, or desire, to defend Japan, coupled with growing support for a nuclear discouraging among South Korean voters, might, just possibly, persuaded Japan to start thinking the unthinkable. But were still a long way off from such a scenario.

While no senior legislator in Tokyo has seriously suggested acquiring a nuclear deterrent, the coming weeks will bolster those, including Onodera, who argue for a looser interpreting of the postwar constitutional constraints on Japans military, which limit it to a strictly defensive role.

Top of Onoderas wish list is acquiring the ability to launching a preemptive strike at Northern korean missiles on the ground if it believed an attack was imminent. That would mark an abandonment of a decades-old consensus that it can only destroy weapons targeting Japan itself.

As Tokyo and other big cities emptied out this weekend for the O-bon holidays, held to honour ancestors, many Japanese were casting a wary eye not only at Pyongyang, but also at the US and closer to home.

North Korea is seen as dangerous, told Koichi Nakano, a political science professor at Sophia University in Tokyo. But in trying to exploit anxieties over North Korea, Abe, like Trump, is also seen as adding to the danger.

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Trump threatens ‘military option’ in Venezuela as crisis escalates

In a surprise intervention, Donald Trump said he would not rule in employing military force as the country descends further into civil unrest

Donald Trump threatened a US military intervention in Venezuela on Friday, a dramatic escalation in his administrations stance toward the Latin American country which is descending into political chaos.

Trump stimulated the statements in response to questions from reporters at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey.

Asked what options were available for the US in dealing with Venezuela, which has descended into civil unrest under the direction of chairwoman Nichols Maduro, Trump responded by explicitly not ruling out military force.

We have many options for Venezuela and by the way, Im not going to rule out a military alternative, he said.

We have many options for Venezuela, this is our neighbour, Trump added. Were all over the world and we have troops all over the world in places that are very very far away, Venezuela is not very far away and the people are suffering and succumbing. We have many options for Venezuela including a possible military alternative if necessary.

Vladimir Padrino, Venezuelas defence minister, said on Friday night that Trumps threat was an act of craziness and supreme extremism.

General Vladimir Padrino, a close ally of Maduro, said: With this radical upper-class thats in charge in the US, who knows what will happen to the world?

Jose Miguel Vivanco, the Americas director for Human Rights Watch, tweeted: Perhaps since[ Hugo] Chvez named him his successor , no one had helped Maduro as much as Trump and this nonsense he said today.

The White House released a statement saying it had repudiated a request from Maduro to speak by phone with Trump. The statement said: Trump will gladly speak with the leader of Venezuela as soon as republic is restored in that country.

The surprise intervention caps a week of increasingly bellicose rhetoric directed at North Korea.

Venezuela has appeared to slide toward a more volatile stage of unrest in recent days, with anti-government forces-out looting weapons from the military after the installation of an all-powerful new legislative body.

Donald Trump speaks to the press from his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. Photograph: Jim Watson/ AFP/ Getty Images

When a reporter followed up to ask Trump if this military alternative would be US led, the president responded: We dont talking here it. A military operation, a military option is surely something that we could pursue.

The remarks come as Maduro has convened a constituent assembly, in an electoral widely denounced by international observers, to amend the countrys constitution to cement his grip on power. Maduro has also forced the countrys chief prosecutor from office, while the United Nation has condemned the governmental forces employ of excessive force against protestors.

Although Venezuela has the worlds largest proven oil reserves, its economy has collapsed in recent years as the country led first by the late Hugo Chvez and then by his successor, Maduro, has resorted to increasingly authoritarian measures to consolidate power.

Peru expelled Venezuelas ambassador on Friday as regional pressure built on Maduros government. Venezuela retaliated by ordering the head of Perus embassy in Caracas to leave and called Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski an enemy of Venezuela and of Latin American unity.

Trumps remarks come in the shadow of a 2002 coup try against Chvez that he blamed on the US. The coup was launched after a violent showdown between marchers in support of a general strike clashed with government forces.

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North Korea details Guam strike plan and calls Trump warning ‘nonsense’

Pyongyang tells it will launch four missiles into water 30 -4 0km off US territory in clear attempt to goad the US president

North Korea has eluded menaces of flame and frenzy from Donald Trump, deriding his warning as a loading of nonsense and announcing a detailed plan to launching rockets aimed at the waters off the coast of the US Pacific territory of Guam.

A statement assigned to General Kim Rak Gyom, the head of the countrys strategic forces-out, proclaimed: Sound dialogue is not possible with such a guy bereft of reason and only absolute force-out can work on him. The general outlined a plan to to be implemented by a demo launching of four intermediate-range missiles that would fly over Japan and then land in the sea around Guam, enveloping the island.

The Hwasong-1 2 rockets to be launched by the KPA[ Korean People Army] will cross the sky above Shimani, Hiroshima and Koichi prefectures of Japan, the statement said. They will fly for 3,356.7 km for 1,065 seconds and reached the water 30 to 40 km away from Guam.

The statement said the plan for this present of force would be ready by the middle of this month and then await orders from the commander-in-chief, Kim Jong-un.


The statement was clearly designed as a show of bravado, calling the Trump administrations bluff after the presidents threat and a statement from the defence secretary, James Mattis, both stressing the overwhelming power of the US military. North Korea best not make any more threats to the United States. They will be met by fire and fury like the world has never seen, Trump said on Wednesday.

The response from Pyongyang was its most public and detailed menace to date, and plainly meant to goad the US president. Trump had let out a loading of nonsense about fire and fury failing to grasp the ongoing grave situation. This is extremely getting on the nerves of the infuriated Hwasong artillerymen of the KPA.

The US has a naval base in Guam and the island is home to Andersen air base, which has six B-1B heavy bombers. According to NBC news the non-nuclear bombers have constructed 11 practise sorties since May in readiness for a potential ten-strike on North Korea. The remote island is home to 162,000 people.

South Koreas military said on Thursday that North Koreas statements were a challenge against Seoul and the US-South Korea alliance. Joint chiefs of staff spokesman Roh Jae-cheon told a media briefing that South Korea was prepared to act immediately against any North Korean provocation.

The announcement on the North Korean state news service KCNA came at the end of two days of brinksmanship which began with the leak of a US intelligence report that Pyongyang had developed a nuclear warhead small enough to put on a missile. This was followed by Trumps warning of fire and frenzy. On Wednesday the US defence secretary, James Mattis, told a North Korean attack would risk the end of its regime and the demolition of its people.

In the event of such a launch by North Korea, the US military faces the dilemma of trying to intercept the incoming missiles and risking mortification if it fails. Trump would have to decide whether to try to a carry out a pre-emptive strike on the Hwasong launchpads or a retaliation ten-strike if the launch went ahead. The North Korean military has frequently tested rockets that land in the sea off the Japanese coast, without a military replies from Tokyo.

For the[ North Koreans] to telegraph a move like this is extraordinary. But its likely their way of trying not to trigger a war, told Joshua Pollack, a senior research associate at Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey. He said that if the launch went ahead as laid out in the statement, legal restrictions on shooting down weapon exams might not apply.

The reason you cant shoot down a test is that it doesnt enter a defended area. But that wouldnt be the case with bracketing fire, Pollack said in a thread of tweets. He argued that the exchange of threats and the missile plans underlined the need to open a military hotline between the US and North Korea to mitigate the dangers of catastrophic miscalculation by either side.

If they do carry out that scheme, both sides might discover that they need a crisis management mechanism sooner than not, Pollack told.

Mattiss reminder to Pyongyang that the allied militaries possess the most precise, rehearsed and robust defensive and offensive abilities on Earth capped an unprecedented 24 hours of sabre-rattling sparked by Donald Trumps surprise threat to rain flame and fury down on the Pyongyang regime.

Despite the harsh rhetoric, there was no change in US military deployments or alert status. Mattis couched his remarks in the language of traditional deterrence, inducing clear that such overwhelming force would be used in the event of a North Korean attack.

Trump without consulting his own security faculty had warned of a devastating onslaught like the world has never seen if Kims government persisted in threats against the US. But that line was intersected within hours when Pyongyang announced it was carefully investigating a plan for a missile strike and enveloping fire around Guam.

The US secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, also expended much of Wednesday struggling to contain the fallout from Trumps menaces, assuring Americans they could sleep well at night, and reassuring shocked allies that there was no imminent threat of war.

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‘Will even white people die?’ How to explain nuclear war to your kids | First Dog on the Moon

Donald Trump is severely talking about nuclear war? This is ridiculous!

Will even white people dies? How to explain nuclear war to your children

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Trump blasts Russia investigation as ‘fake story’ at West Virginia rally

Rally for thousands of diehard advocates held on same day Robert Mueller reportedly convened grand jury as part of investigation into alleged collusion

Donald Trump rallied thousands of diehard supporters against the investigation into his election campaigns alleged collusion with Russia, cautioning on Thursday: Theyre trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake story.

In what might be seen as a bid to weaponise his populist base, the US president sought to discredit the allegations as a total fabrication on the same day it was reported that special advise Robert Mueller has convened a grand jury in Washington, a sign that his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election is escalating.

Most people know there were no Russians in our campaign; there never were, Trump told a rally in Huntington, West Virginia, a coal country stronghold where Trump beat Democrat Hillary Clinton by 42 percentage points. We didnt win because of Russia. We won because of you.

The crowd, many with Make America great again hats or signs, erupted in vociferous cheers. Trump continued: We won because we wholly outworked the other side. We won because of millions of patriotic Americans voted to take back their country.

The president asked mockingly: Have you assured any Russians in West Virginia or Ohio or Pennsylvania? Are there any Russians here tonight, any Russians? They cant beat us at the voting kiosks so theyre trying to cheat you out of the future and the future that you want. Theyre trying to cheat you out of the leadership that you want with a fake narrative that is demeaning to all of us and most importantly demeaning to our country and demeaning to our constitution.

Trumps rhetoric at a 9,000 -person capacity arena on Thursday echoed rallies during the election campaign where he claimed the system was rigged against him. This time he appeared to be scattering seeds of doubts concerning the investigations by Mueller and two congressional committees into whether there was collusion between Russia and Trumps presidential campaign.

I just hope the final determination is a truly honest one which is what the millions of people who gave us our big win in November deserve and what all Americans who want a better future wishing and deserve, the president added ominously. Democrat lawmakers will have to decide. They can continue their obsession with the Russian hoax or they can serve the interests of the American people. Try winning at the voter kiosk. Not going to be easy, but thats the way youre supposed to do it.

The pledge of allegiance during Donald Trumps rally in West Virginia. Photo: Justin Merriman/ Getty Images

Trump spared the media his usual broadsides and instead focused on Democrats, whom he claimed were trying to find an excuse for the greatest loss in the history of American politics. Prosecutors should be looking for former secretary of state Hillary Clintons 33,000 emails, he added, prompting thunderous cheers and chants of Lock her up! some nine months after the election.

The prolonged refusal of links to Moscow signalled a shift in strategy for Trump, who rarely dwells on such issues during rallies, where few supporters seem concerned. His daughter-in-law, Lara Trump, also brought it up during a short speech, calling it a crazy narrative about Russia. And West Virginia governor Jim Justice, announcing his defection from the Democrat to the Republicans, told the crowd: Have we not heard enough about the Russians? I mean, to our God in heaven, think about it: the stock markets at 22,000 and this country has hope and were on our way.

The concerted endeavour could be a sign that the White House is realising the full gravitation of the situation. Mueller, appointed special counsel in May following the dismissal of FBI Director James Comey, has recruited more than a dozen investigators, including current and former justice department attorneys with experience in international bribery, organised crime and fiscal fraud.

The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday that Mueller is utilizing a grand jury in Washington, meaning he could subpoena witnesses and records in the coming weeks and months.

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Defense attorney John Dowd told the Associated Press( AP ): With regards the news of the federal grand jury, I have no reason to believe that the president is under investigation.

Ty Cobb, special advise to the president, said he was not aware Mueller had started use a new grand jury. Grand jury matters are typically secret, Cobb told the AP. The White House favours anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work somewhat … The White House is committed to fully cooperating with Mr Mueller.

It was unclear how the Washington grand jury was connected to the work of a separate grand jury in Alexandria, Virginia, that has been used to gather information on Trumps former national security consultant Michael Flynn, who is under scrutiny over his ties to Moscow.

Steve Williams, the mayor of Huntington, criticised Trumps claim that the Russia story was a hoax. It plainly isnt because Mueller is announcing today that a grand jury has been impaneled. Methinks he does protest too much.

Trumps speech in the city was a wasted opportunity, Williams added. I thought it was a 2016 campaign rally. I expected some discussion about the opioid crisis, particularly since the presidents commissions report came out a couple of days ago. I was hoping he would declare a national emergency.

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Trump interview: golf, Brexit and why you don’t hear about Britain any more

Full transcript of last weeks Wall Street Journal interview shows Trump seemed more keen to discuss golf than specifics of post-Brexit trade deal

For Britain it seems to be a occurrence of hes only not that into you. Except when it comes to golf.

Donald Trump seemed less than awestruck when talking about his late mothers homeland in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, find: You dont hear the word Britain any more.

Whereas American anglophiles are stereotypically enamoured of the Beatles, Downton Abbey and the royal family, the US presidents most urgent concern appears to be the implications of Scottish independence for the Open golf championship.

Trump spoke last week to Gerard Baker, the British-born editor of the Journal, which published excerpts of the interview, but the full transcript was merely subsequently obtained by the Politico website and released on Tuesday.

After a discursive debate about healthcare, jobs and their respective households, Baker noted that Trump had tweeted that morning about trade talks with Britain and would like to know whether could provide more details.

The president replied: No, but I can say that were going to be very involved with the UK. I entail, you dont hear the word Britain any more. Its very interesting. Its like , nope.

Brexit-besieged Downing Street will presumably be hoping that Trump meant that the word Britain has lost out to the UK in common usage, rather than that the country itself has fallen into obscurity.

The conversation moved on. Baker remarked that he is English. It was Trumps turn to ask a question about Scottish independence: Is Scotland going to go for the vote, by the way? You dont see it. It would be terrible. They merely went through hell.

Baker indicated that he did not think there would be another freedom referendum. The chairperson, whose mother was from the Hebridean island of Lewis, seemed to dreaded the dissolution of the 310 -year-old union, but not for the usual reasons.

One little thing, he said. What would they do with the British Open if they ever got out? Theyd no longer have the British Open.

The No campaign never thought of that one.

Trump added: Scotland. Maintain it in Scotland.

He and Baker then conversed about golf and the American star Jordan Spieth, whom Trump ranked alongside greats Tiger Woods and Jack Nicklaus.

The Wall Street Journal editor eventually interjected: Anyway, are you looking forward to doing a trade deal with the UK?

Trump responded: Yeah. I have a great relationship …

When Baker reminded him of the ticking clock of Brexit, the president told: We have a very good relationship. I have a very good relationship with the “ministers “. And we are absolutely looking to do a major trade deal.

Baker followed up: Would the idea be that the trade deal will kick in pretty much as soon as Brexit happens?

Trump said: As soon as its appropriate to have it kick in, utterly. And itll be a big trade bargain much, much more business than we do right now, many, many times.

He went on to criticise the European union as very, very protectionist but ducked a question about doing an agriculture deal with the UK by changing the subject to China. He did indicate he could do a services deal with the UK but again seemed anxious to avoid details.

Baker has denied devoting Trump an easy ride in the Wall Street Journals coverage of his presidency. A spokesperson for the paper told Politico: We published the noteworthy excerpts from the interview. We watched no reason to publish the crosstalk that inevitably accompanies any conversation.

Trump expends numerous weekends playing golf despite previously criticising Barack Obamas similar outings. A new article in Sports Illustrated offers an insight into why.

It reports: Chatting with some members before a recent round of golf, he explained his frequent appearances: That White House is a real dump. Trump is often at his most unguarded among the people who pay for their close proximity to him.

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